Business Administration, MBA

The AACSB-accredited MBA Program at The University of Scranton is designed to meet the specific needs of students and employers alike.

The program focuses on ensuring that every graduate demonstrates the acquisition of minimum knowledge in critical areas and has ample opportunity to choose courses that meet self-defined career development objectives. The curriculum is informed by the Jesuit position on ethics, sustainability, and economic justice.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission to the on-campus MBA program is based on a combination of four indicators:

  • previous academic performance
  • the applicant’s Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score (except as indicated below)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • prior work experience, although prior work experience is not a precondition for admission.

Particular attention is paid to the candidate’s previous academic record and performance on the GMAT. Registration for the GMAT may be made via telephone (1-800-GMAT-NOW) or via the website. Please visit the GMAT web site for more information about the computer-adaptive test.

For applicants who possess three or more years of supervisory or professional experience, the GMAT requirement may be waived. Instead, these applicants will be asked to provide a written response to a case depicting a hypothetical business scenario. The exercise is intended to be a measure of the applicant's writing and critical-thinking skills, facility with numeric data, as well as attitudes toward ethics and social justice issues.

For general application requirements click here.

Curriculum

The MBA Program requires completion of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework as follows:

  • Cornerstone course (3 credits): MGT 501 
  • Core courses (12 - 21 credits): four to seven courses
  • Advanced Elective courses (9 - 18 credits): three to six courses, at least one of which is designated “International”
  • Capstone course (3 credits): MGT 509 

The classification of the Core courses is broken into three clusters: Accounting, Economics, and Finance Core (minimum of two courses required): Operations and Information Management Core (at least one course required); and Management and Marketing Core (at least one course required).

The University of Scranton MBA program aims to provide a broad-based business education, offering courses across all functional areas. At the same time, students are afforded a degree of customization; Students may choose a broad exposure under the General Business option or to specialize by completing three advanced courses in a focus area. The following specializations are available:

  • Accounting
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

For additional information on the MBA curriculum, visit the Graduate Course Catalog.

    The University of Scranton's Online AACSB-accredited MBA program is equal in quality and rigor to the program we offer on campus. Our online programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, with access to courses at your convenience, 24/7. You can choose the Online General MBA, or choose from multiple specializations: Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, or Operations Management.

    Program Specific Admission Requirements

    At The University of Scranton, we value your experience and the skills you’ve already learned in the field. That is why our Online MBA program requires only three years of professional or supervisory work experience for acceptance and does not require any entrance exams like the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

    There are a total of 12 foundation modules that address 4 specific disciplines within the MBA program and serve as academic preparations that ensure you are prepared to perform on the Graduate level. Students may waive some or all of these foundation modules based upon work experience and academic history. Foundation modules can be taken along with other courses in the MBA which means that the Foundation Modules don't have to add any time to the length of your program.

    For general application requirements, click here

    Curriculum

    The Online MBA offers a Flex Curriculum that requires 36 credit hours of coursework. There are also 12 credit hours of foundation modules, which may be required depending on your qualifications. You will be required to take the cornerstone and capstone courses, select at least four core courses, and three to six electives of your choice. We have designed the curriculum so that you can meet your specific interests and career goals, while still gaining an understanding of core business functions.

    Foundation Modules (1 credit each)

    Students who need the appropriate foundational background will be required to take the modules listed below. Based on the student's prior academic preparation and work experience, some or all of these 1-credit modules may be waived.

    Decision-Making Concepts & Tools

    • MBA 501A: Statistics
    • MBA 501B: Management Science
    • MBA 501C: Information Management

    Accounting Analysis and Business Law

    • MBA 502A: Financial Accounting
    • MBA 502B: Managerial Accounting
    • MBA 502C: Business Law

    Economics and Finance

    • MBA 503A: Microeconomics
    • MBA 503B: Macroeconomics
    • MBA 503C: Finance

    Management and Marketing

    • MBA 504A: Management
    • MBA 504B: Marketing
    • MBA 504C: Operations Management

    For official course descriptions, please see the latest University of Scranton course catalog.

      Why Choose Scranton?

      About the Program

      Scranton's MBA program emphasizes the skills and perspectives needed to succeed in today's global and technology-based business environment.

      A Reputation of Excellence

      Scranton's MBA program has been ranked among the top 15 in the nation for general management by Entrepreneur Magazine.

      Jesuit Education

      As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

      Why Choose Scranton?

      Learn from Expert Faculty

      Learn from our top-tier faculty members who understand the real world challenges you will face as a business leader.

      Backed by AACSB Accreditation

      Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is the highest standard of achievement for business.

      Jesuit Education

      As one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, we are dedicated to developing the whole person.

      Real World Resources

      Located in the Kania School of Management, the Alperin Financial Center, a financial markets laboratory, stimulates a real-world trading environment.

      Eight Bloomberg terminals give students and faculty access to data and analytics used by professionals, allowing them to engage in sophisticated analysis and the virtual trading of equities and foreign currencies.

      The University of Scranton is part of the SAP Alliance program with members in over 106 countries that offer training in the world’s best-known Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

      Top-Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

      Our Online MBA program is a Top 100 Best Online MBA, according to U.S. News & World Report, and ranked in the Top 25 Best Value Schools.

      This is the sixth consecutive year that U.S. News ranked the University’s online MBA program among the best in the nation. Scranton’s online MBA program was among only four Jesuit colleges and 14 colleges in Pennsylvania ranked.

      MBA Resources

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      Graduate Assistantships

      Graduate assistants work with KSOM faculty in their research and academic duties and receive a stipend and tuition scholarship.

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      Internships

      The KSOM Internship Office partners with the Center for Career Development to help you find and succeed in internships.

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      Center for Practical Learning

      Students have the opportunity to enrich their professional preparation to compliment the academic rigor of their program.

      Beyond the Classroom

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      Career Opportunities Abound

      The average starting salaries of Kania School of Management graduates in 2016 was $78,300, according to a recent alumni survey.

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      Student Blogs

      Interested in getting a student perspective? Check out our Online MBA Student Blog!

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      AACSB-Accredited Curriculum

      Our curriculum emphasizes the Triple Bottom Line, maintaining a focus on the importance of people, planet, and profit.

      Successful Graduates

      Average Scranton New Graduate Salary

      More than $85,000/year

      Who Are Graduate MBA Employers?

      Bank of America, CIGNA Healthcare, Ernst & Young, LLP, JP Morgan Securities, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, Sanofi-Pasteur

      Successful Graduates

      Average Scranton New Graduate Salary

      Over $85,000 per year

      Who Employs our MBA Graduates?

      Bank of America, CIGNA Healthcare, Ernst & Young, LLP, JP Morgan Securities, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, Sanofi-Pasteur

      Accreditation

      The MBA program, housed in the Kania School of Management, is one of only 419 across the globe with AACSB accreditation, and one of only 19 graduate programs in Pennsylvania. AACSB accreditation is a seal of approval that reflects the quality of a business school. It ensures that the students are learning relevant material; evaluation is done every five years including self-evaluations, peer reviews, committee reviews, faculty qualifications, and curricula. We are the only university in Northeastern Pennsylvania to receive this accreditation.

      AACSB Accreditation

      The MBA program, housed in the Kania School of Management, is one of only 419 across the globe with AACSB accreditation, and one of only 19 graduate programs in Pennsylvania. AACSB accreditation is a seal of approval that reflects the quality of a business school. It ensures that the students are learning relevant material; evaluation is done every five years including self-evaluations, peer reviews, committee reviews, faculty qualifications, and curricula. We are the only university in Northeastern Pennsylvania to receive this accreditation.

      Graduation Rates

      Graduation Year Students Entering / Graduating Graduation Rate NBCOT Exam Pass Rate
      2015 44/40 91% 97%
      2014 46/43 93% 95%
      2013 41/39 94% 100%
      3 year average 93% 97%

      Meet the Program Director

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      Dr. Robyn Lawrence, Ph.D.

      Program Director, On-Campus MBA Program Associate Professor, Accounting

      Education

      B.S., University of California, Davis M.S., California State University, Sacramento Ph.D., University of Houston

      Contact

      570-941-4387

      Meet the Program Director

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      S. Kingsley Gnanendran, Ph.D.

      Professor, Operations Management Online Program Director

      Education

      B.S., University of Sri Lanka M.A., Asian Institute of Technology Ph.D., University of Tennessee

      Contact

      570-941-4190

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